Monthly Archives: August 2013

Russia – UK – Sure, Rag On The British For Detaining Greenwald’s Boyfriend – In Russia, Both Greenwald And His Boyfriend Would Be In Jail – 19 August 2013

Someone mentioned, in one of the Facebook discussion forums I peruse from time to time, that “Russia will not like that [Edward] Snowden confided in a gay man [Glenn Greenwald].” At first I laughed at the comment. Then I thought … Continue reading

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Egypt – The Guardian’s Nick Cohen Calls It Like He Sees It – Yes, It’s A Coup, And No, Waving Placards Is Not Enough To Have A Democracy – 18 August 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/17/egypt-unrest-west-response Nick Cohen is as close as there is to a compass – this is hardly the first time he’s been one of the few people pointing in the right direction. Particularly of interest is Cohen’s analysis of the behaviour … Continue reading

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US – Politics – Julian Assange Finally Comes Out As A Ron Paul / Rand Paul Booster – Shocker! – 18 August 2013

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2013/08/17/assanges-politics-rand-paul-and-libertarian-wing-of-gop-represent-only-hope-in-u-s/ Interesting. Julian Assange grants Forbes an interview. Then Julian Assange says he’s a booster of Ron and Rand Paul. Then he says the “libertarian wing” of the Republican Party is the “only hope” for reform in American politics. And … Continue reading

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Egypt – Real Solutions Will Come From Egyptians – And Now Would Be A Good Time For Egyptians To Start Coming Up With Some Real Solutions – Time’s A-Wasting – 16 August 2013

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/08/15/f-vp-kinsman-egypt-democracy.html I suppose this was inevitable. The West watches helplessly as the Egyptian military and liberal/left Egyptians who haven’t thought things out very clearly sabotage the Arab Spring, but the fact that this is happening is the fault of…wait for it…the … Continue reading

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Egypt – ElBaradei Is No Longer Arguably Opportunist – With His Rejection Of The Military Government’s Actions, He Has Made Clear He Has The Guts Required Of A Statesman – 15 August 2013

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-egypt-protests-elbaradei-idUSBRE97D1AZ20130814 I haven’t always been a booster of Mohamed ElBaradei. In the early days of the Arab Spring, he seemed to me much like someone who opportunistically returned home to Egypt after a long and comparatively privileged absence from the … Continue reading

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Egypt – US – Spurn The American State Department If You Will, But Kerry Is One Of The Only People Making Sense About Egypt Right Now – 14 August 2013

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-egypt-protests-usa-idUSBRE97D13H20130814   I know we’re all supposed to doubt and disparage anything that comes from the U.S. State Department these days, but I guess I’d have to challenge anyone to find the disreputable element in the most recent remarks of … Continue reading

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Egypt – Dangerous Analogies Abound – And We Should Take Them Seriously – 10 August 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/opinion/sunday/marxs-lesson-for-the-muslim-brothers.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 Okay, admittedly I was first suckered into reading this because someone on Twitter introduced it by saying “Or maybe a Muslim lesson for the Marx Brothers.” No matter, as it turns out, it’s also a very incisive article. Basically … Continue reading

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